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Using service projects to help students grow strong in the Lord

One way we help our students grow strong in the Lord is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God that Service Week went well.
  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students and the hearts of those with whom our students interacted during Service Week.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

March 14th, 2019|

Helping students grow strong in the Lord

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At OCSI, we want to help each student grow strong in the Lord. One way we do this is by asking questions, for example:

  • Who is Jesus and why did He choose to come and be with us?
  • What is human dignity and why does it matter?
  • What do the miracles of Jesus teach us about His power?
  • What is good art?
  • What do I do when there is a communication gap?
  • How do you determine what is right and what is wrong?

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Please continue to pray.

  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students.
  • Praise God for providing elementary teachers, secondary teachers, and staff for OCSI for next school year.
  • Ask God to provide students, parents, and staff with good health during cold and flu season.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

February 14th, 2019|

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start!

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start! Our is, and during 2019 we will continue using Christian education to reach children for Jesus. Please watch this video in which 3 Japanese Christians share their testimonies and emphasize the importance of reaching children.

Please continue to pray:

  • Ask God to use OCSI to reach children.
  • Ask God to provide staff for OCSI.

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

January 14th, 2019|

Celebrating the birth of Jesus

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

We are celebrating Jesus birth with music and drama! We are using Christmas programs on November 30 and December 7 to share the real meaning of Christmas. We are glad that our programs were well attended.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Please continue to pray:

  • Praise God that our Christmas programs went well and for the opportunity to share the real meaning of Christmas.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

December 11th, 2018|

First quarter went well

Our first quarter at OCSI went well!

  • Elementary teachers used new science materials to help students learn about God’s world.
  • Students and parents attended Bible studies.
  • Students improved their thinking, communication, and collaboration and learned about a biblical perspective.
  • High schoolers made decisions for Jesus.
  • Though we missed 5 days of school due to typhoons, we were safe.

Please continue to pray:

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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November 14th, 2018|

We want our students to learn about Jesus

We want our students to learn about Jesus! So, we provide Christian teachers, teach the Bible, and go to camp—check out the video! One elementary teacher shared, “Four of the students in my cabin said they had not ever made decisions for Christ yet and weren’t ready to pray with me at the time, but were doing much reflection as our speaker shared about the different soils.”

Please…

  • Pray that these 4 students would follow Jesus.
  • Pray that God will use high school camp (September 24-26) to work in students’ hearts.
  • Praise God that 9 elementary students are attending a lunchtime Bible study.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

September 20th, 2018|

What good things are happening at OCSI?

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Here are just some of the good things that are happening at OCSI that come to mind:

  • Students are involved in our summer reading program.
  • The gym roof has been painted, playground equipment is being installed, and 2 sidewalks have been added.
  • Students are attending daily vacation Bible school.
  • New staff have arrived safely and are getting settled.

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Please pray:

  • Ask God to help new staff get off to a good start.
  • Ask God for travel safety as staff return to Okinawa.
  • Ask God for bus monitors.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work at OCSI!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

August 6th, 2018|

Good things are happening

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Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • Summer school students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Playground equipment is being installed for elementary students.
  • Preparations are already underway for next school year. The first day of classes is August 21.

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Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Pray that the entire OCSI family will do all in God’s strength, learning to wait and listen to the wise counsel He provides.
  • Pray for God’s continuing strength for our staff and students, protecting them from illness, accidents, exhaustion, and discouragement.
  • Praise God for OCSI’s Board of Directors. Ask God to encourage board members and to provide His guidance.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work at OCSI!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

July 13th, 2018|

Another good year at OCSI

We’ve had a good year at OCSI! Check out 1 or more sections of OCSI’s annual report:
Please continue to pray:
  • Praise God for another good year at OCSI.
  • Ask God for travel safety as OCSI staff and students travel over the summer.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

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June 14th, 2018|

Helping students grow strong in Jesus

On May 5, we celebrated Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday. As part of the celebration, people flew carp streamers (see 34-second video). Why fly carp streamers? Because Japanese parents want their children to grow strong—just like carp.

At OCSI, we want children to grow strong, and we want them to grow strong in Jesus. To help children who attend OCSI grow strong in the Lord, OCSI provides role models, Bible class, chapels, and biblically integrated instruction.

Please keep praying for God’s work in Japan:

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

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May 16th, 2018|